Plasma skin treatment is a revolutionary technology that is used to help tighten skin in a non-surgical manner. For many years, plasma technology has been utilized across Europe to achieve incredible cosmetic enhancement in different areas of the body. Fortunately, this same technology is now available here in the United States. One main reason why plasma skin tightening has gained such popularity in the world of plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology is the fact it is minimally invasive – yet can deliver results that rival many surgical procedures.
How Plasma Treatment Works
Plasma treatment involves use of high voltage, low current electrical energy that essentially creates a ‘spark’ over the treatment area. The spark is the result of electrical energy interacting with specific gases in the air (or delivered to the tip of the device). When this interaction occurs, plasma energy is created. Plasma is considered the fourth state of matter and can be effectively harnessed as a cosmetic treatment tool. The underlying skin responds to this plasma spark by tightening up, or contracting. This causes a fairly immediate effect in terms of skin tightening. Following this, a second phase of healing unfolds where new collagen is formed by the body to further help in the process of rejuvenation. Since this involves activation of fibroblast cells under the skin, many offices will refer to plasma skin tightening as fibroblast skin tightening.
The end result is a smoothing of the skin in some areas, lifting of the tissue in other areas and/or a combination of these two effects. The beauty of this technology is that the entire treatment can be performed without any cutting of the skin, removal of skin or injection into the skin.
There are a number of plasma devices, or pens, now on the market. All of them function in a fairly similar manner in terms of tightening the skin. Here are a few of the more branded names that you will see and hear regarding plasma skin tightening.
- Plasma Pen by Louise Walsh International
- PlasmaLift or Plasma Lift
- Plasma Elite
Plasma Eyelid Lift
One of the more common procedures performed with plasma is the non-surgical eyelid lift. It is non-surgical in the sense that traditional cutting of the upper eyelid skin is not needed. Instead, the upper eyelid skin is treated with plasma energy, which tightens the skin along a strategic pattern. The end result is that the upper eyelid skin shrinks and contracts in an upward direction toward the eyebrow – giving the appearance of an upper eyelid lift!
Other Indications for Plasma
Plasma skin treatment has also been effectively used to treat the following:
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Visible stretch marks
- Unsightly scars
- Raised moles
- Skin tags
Treatment with Plasma
Each session of plasma skin tightening takes, on average, 30-45 minutes in the office setting. There are no injections needed to complete the treatment. Topical anesthesia in the form of a cream is usually applied for 45 minutes prior to the scheduled treatment time.
Plasma Skin Results
Most patients will notice an immediate improvement in their skin following plasma treatment. The cosmetic enhancements will continue to improve over the following months as new collagen is produced in the treatment area.
Crusting is expected over the treatment area(s). This reflects the interaction of the plasma device with your skin. Most of this will disappear within the first week of recovery. Some patients may experience redness, swelling and bruising as well. Fortunately, this typically resolves within a few days of the treatment. Keep in mind that treatment around the eye – for example, the plasma eyelid lift – may result in slightly prolonged visible healing in select patients given the fact the eyelid skin is so thin.
Over-the-counter pain medication is usually all that is needed for control of the mild pain that comes along with the healing process.
Make-up can be worn during the healing process – but we recommend waiting at least 24 hours after plasma skin treatment.
Although a majority of patients will see a nice improvement following a single plasma treatment, many will opt to undergo a series of treatments to achieve even more ideal cosmetic enhancement.